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Highdown Gardens ... yet again!

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Some of you may be thinking, oh no, she’s walking round those gardens again, as if we haven’t already seen what grows there! In that case, look no further … lol!

I still have to take a daily walk as part of my R & R, and Highdown is usually fairly quiet on a Monday morning, so we set off at 10am, which was just as well as it rained most of the afternoon.

I am hoping for some plant ID’s from you please, there is still a definite shortage of plant tags around these gardens, so if the guy who works/volunteers there is reading this, please take note!

Just a reminder of the soil conditions …

Walking downhill to the bottom of the chalkpit … hardly any bare earth to be seen thanks to the wonderful Spring planting … masses of Aquilegias and Geraniums coming into flower now …

It was lovely to see the many different varieties of Tree Peonies … such lovely flowers …

I love this pond … with the steps and the wonderful planting … especially like this Hosta …

This is where I need some ID please for the next couple of plants …

Whilst sitting down, I spotted this Lilac tree being supported …

Fully rested and time to walk round to the Rosebeds …

Just a few more flowers to see … almost done! …

I really should know the name of this yellow/orange shrub … but just cannot think what it is! …

I hope you enjoyed the walk around Highdown Gardens … and thanks in advance for the ID on the unknown plants!

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what lovely gardens, thank you for that walk round, i enjoyed it.
i think the first yellow one is primula candelabra, dont know the blue one, sorry, its very nice though, loved those peonies, isnt the last one ~ yellow ~ a tree paeony??

15 May, 2012

 

Lovely blog Shirley. I think the first one is a cowslip or primula with irises, not sure what the purple one is. And the last one I think is a tree peony

15 May, 2012

 

Think the blue is Camassia leichtlinii caerulea! I purchased one from a evening talk recently on Great Dixter only to grow it in my garden and then find the flower snapped off by heavy rain and hail :~( oh well there is always next year. These gardens are beautiful Shirley and looking very lush and green just now.

15 May, 2012

 

I thought of candelabra primula too, its nice to see the gardens waking up.......a bit of sun does wonders......

15 May, 2012

 

I love gardens and borders planted up like that. Lovely garden to visit. Sorry no idea on id plants.

15 May, 2012

 

Hi Shirley .. how nice to have those pretty gardens for your walk.
You took some great photos too. Thanks for the tour :o)

15 May, 2012

 

First one is a candelabra primula, possibly primula florindae.
Second one is scilla peruviana (which doesn't come from Peru!)
I'd say the third one is paeonia lutea var ludlowii

15 May, 2012

 

Thanks everyone for your lovely comments :o)))

Andrew, I was hoping you would see this ... you always come to my rescue on unknown plants I see at Highdown ... many thanks! ... :o)

15 May, 2012

 

Lovely walk Shirley, and great that Andrew knows what's what and saves our blushes! I was in agreement about Primula candelabra, and it's nice to have the lovely blue flower identified (a deeper blue than the more common little Scilla?).

15 May, 2012

 

Gorgeous flowers Shirley.....Lovely blog, thanks...

15 May, 2012

 

Thanks, Sheila ... I have just been reading up about the Scilla on a drought tolerant plant site ... ironic with the current wet weather ... lol!

15 May, 2012

 

A lovely place to walk Shirley, it changes all the time so really don`t mind how many times you take us.
Lovely photo`s, I love all the tree paeonies and always like to see the aqualegia in flower...

15 May, 2012

 

Lol, Lincs ... last time we visited here the mass of Hellebores were in bloom ... now they're almost finished ... time passes by so soon! .....

15 May, 2012

 

A lovely walk Shirley I wouldnt mind walking it each day as there must always be something new to see, I Have the Primula Candelabra but mine is a cerise one and its just budding now, will send you a piece when its finished if you havent got one;0)

15 May, 2012

 

Beautiful tree paeonies, especiallly the white one - but then, how can you choose? I've never seen them growing - deprived or what?

15 May, 2012

 

A lovely place for a walk, really enjoyed looking at the photographs, was so surprised to see so many plants out, especially the tree peony they obviously like this type of weather, lovely blog Shirley.

15 May, 2012

 

No wonder you came here a lot, I would too if I could. It has a sort of wildness about it I think. I love the pond pic with the steps...beautiful:-)

16 May, 2012

 

Loved the walk with you, lovely gardens and blog.

16 May, 2012

 

Thanks Carole - I would love a piece when the time is right ... many thanks ... :o)

Lol, Steragram, I think there are so many plants we'll never get to see with our own eyes ... thank goodness for Goyers photos! .......

Thanks, Dotty, it's amazing to think this garden was created from a chalk pit ... :o)

Thankyou, Ba, we have been visiting here for many years ... it's a lovely place to wander round ... or to just sit and contemplate! ... :o)

Pleased you enjoyed seeing it, Carol ... :o)

16 May, 2012

 

I'm not able to get out much myself so appreciate the virtual walk! It looks lovely there :)

18 May, 2012

 

We are very lucky on GoY to take 'virtual visits' to places we otherwise would not see ... I shall return in the Summer months to see how it looks ... :o)

18 May, 2012

 

lovely place shirley and great pics :o))

21 May, 2012

 

Thanks, San ... :o)

26 May, 2012

 

Sorry for the late response but I have just found your page whilst looking for some information on tree peonies. The Tree or Woody Peony which is white with a purple centre has a very interesting story. Thought to be 'Joseph Rocks' from the 60's until very recently, this Tree Peony was exposed as a 'fraud' by Will Lewin (peony expert) when he traced the plant back to it's origins in China. It is in fact a hybrid plant and was renamed 'Peoney Highdown' after this garden where I believe most of the plants in the UK (including the one in my garden) were propagated from. The plant is very rare and notoriously difficult to grow on - requiring the plant to be dug up and the roots split!

25 Jan, 2013

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